Shannon to Vienna service announced for 2020, Pictured L-R Joe Carey TD, Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport, Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection and Caroline Kelleher, Director of Public Affairs, Shannon Group.
New Shannon to Vienna service announced for 2020
Shannon Group is delighted to welcome today’s announcement by Lauda, the low-cost Austrian airline, of a new service from Shannon Airport to Vienna next year. The announcement will see the first scheduled Vienna service ever at Shannon and the first time that Lauda will have operated at Shannon. Flights will run twice weekly from the end of March 2020 on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.
“This is very positive news for Shannon as not alone do we get a scheduled service to one of Europe’s most visited cities and a strong inbound market for tourists to Ireland, but we are also getting a new carrier on the runway here as well. We have been working closely with Lauda and their parent Ryanair, to deliver this service and are looking forward to the airline commencing operation in the New Year,” said Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company.
“This will be the first summer service connecting Austrian holidaymakers directly to the Wild Atlantic Way, and as such provides an opportunity to attract more visitors to this breathtakingly beautiful part of Ireland,” he said.
Lauda’s CEO, Andreas Gruber said: “Lauda is pleased to launch a new Shannon route to Vienna, commencing in March, which will operate twice weekly as part of our summer 2020 schedule. Customers in Shannon can now book flights to Vienna as far out as October 2020 flying on the lowest fares and with the greenest/cleanest airline group in Europe, with the lowest CO2 emissions.”
Commenting on the significance of the new service for Shannon, Mr. Murphy said: “The decision by Lauda is a vote of confidence in the region by the airline and will deepen Shannon’s impact on tourism in the region. We are delighted to have Vienna on our summer schedule for 2020, a service that will boost business for our tourism industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. We look forward to working closely with Lauda to make a new service a success.”
The new Shannon service has been secured with the assistance of Tourism Ireland and the increased route development fund for regional airports announced in Budget 2020 is a significant factor. Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport said: “I am very pleased with this announcement today and it is great to see that regions are already seeing dividends from the Government’s decision to increase marketing funds for regional airports.”
Said Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine; “Shannon Group is an important driver of economic activity, and integral to that is providing airline services to the region. Securing this so soon after the announcement of the Budget 2020 increased Tourism Ireland route develop fund shows what can be achieved through this type of partnership and we thank Tourism Ireland for its continued support.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to the west coast of Ireland – expanding the options for Austrian holidaymakers to come and experience Limerick city and county. We look forward to co-operating with Lauda, Shannon Airport and other tourism partners, to maximize the promotion of inbound travel on this new service. As an island, the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
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